Had fun staying at The Venetian where I visited the Canyon Ranch Spa for some uber cool boxer braids (pretty sure I’ve now ruined that hair trend for teenagers everywhere). <LMAO> And, possibly the zombie look by sporting my blue lips.
If you have a magnifying glass, then you may be able to make out some biceps forming here. But, I’m fairly sure only with magnification.
My own “Leaving Las Vegas” (love that movie—can’t believe it came out in 1995) pictures. Plane looked pretty beat up from my window seat (but at least there wasn’t duct tape holding it together). And, the view was truly spectacular!
On a fun final note for this blog entry: so much fun wearing my Halloween Pumpkin Socks again~~~’tis the Season~~~
In other news, if there’s a ‘rehab for rhymers,’ then sign me up.
I went to New Jersey in early June, and I didn’t go to the gym while there & my diet wasn’t its best. So, I’d gained a few pounds when I returned, much to my remorse, but I kinda figured that would happen. Sometimes it’s good to take a break, I feel. Anyway, I was soon back in the gym after returning to SC where I worked hard to first recover my previous gains and then…*big damn drum roll* I lost two more pounds (so, I’m down 2 lbs. from my pre-trip weight…Exciting!!!) Side note: still mentally chanting my mantra: ‘Make Shae proud!’ 🙂 I was so excited about losing those last two pounds (as they greatly aided my weight loss goal) that I ‘mumble spewed’ the news out loud to everyone within close proximity of the gym scale. Apologies! But, damn, I was so excited. It seems that losing weight is like a war where even a yard gained (or lost in this case?! <LOL>) in ‘fat enemy territory’ is a victory! The war analogy seems fitting since I also saw “Wonder Woman” since my last entry, and my bandanna was fashioned after a kind of ‘Rosie the Riveter’ look recently at the gym. I think I can see the weightloss in my face the most. Does anyone ever see the weightloss first in the generally more problematic area, the stomach? 🙂
So, I’m not sure that the tagline is exactly my wonderful gym assessor’s catchphrase, but I feel that it should be. <LOL> There was no way after hitting a plateau last month that I wasn’t going to try to make both myself and her proud of my gains (muscle-wise) & losses (weight-wise & fat-wise) when I had my monthly assessment yesterday. Getting a thumbs up from Shae is not easy, but it feels great when you do! She’s awesome, and she always gives me new exercises to do so I don’t get bored—especially after hitting the gym about five months hard now, as I think I’ve tried every machine in there. So, Shae showed me floor (and wall <LOL>) exercises I could do for a change.
Next step, well, stepping up my workouts of course! This means that there’ll be no ladylike ‘glowing’ going on. Rather, lots more of underboob sweat (yeah, I said it! <LOL>), around the collar, back, et cetera.
As of 5-25-17: I’d lost 10 lbs. since last month’s assessment. However, yesterday, I’d gained a pound back (Memorial Weekend Holiday, peeps, HOLIDAY vegetarian food <LOL>), so I had lost just 9 lbs. since last month’s assessment. However, I’d also lost more body fat, so that was good!
As my tagline suggests, I’ve been counting calories for about three weeks now, and, all in all, I’ve lost about 7 lbs., so #progress! 🙂 Here’s a picture from the most mundane book ever (AKA my ‘calorie counting tome’). <LOL>
On the serious note, I try to keep my daily caloric intake at around 1,500 calories. Some days, I’m over it, and some days, I’m under it (this could also be a metaphor for my life <LOL>).
As the tagline also suggests, here’s a page from my Gym (Workout)Time Logbook. I generally workout from between an hour to two hours 6 days a week. I am forever looking for the elusive times when there aren’t that many people there. Easier to get on the machines I want to work that way. No waiting for them! Alas, I’m not the only GymRat. <LOL> That being said, there are some super cool gymrats I look forward to seeing who have encouraged me from the start (almost five months ago now!). I would encourage them, but they are already in spectacular shape. I so look up to them and their accomplishments!
Speaking of the machines, I have started seeing results in the form of getting much stronger. I always envision tapping into my ‘junk DNA’ which I hope isn’t so junky to reach new goals. Here are some of the machines and the weight I can do now:
Did I put you to sleep? <LOL> Strangely enough, I get into an almost meditative state on the Back Extension machine. It’s my favorite!
I love getting dolled up for gym pictures, just me taking them this time via my iPhone 7, even though most of the time I wear no makeup and, well, you saw my questionable fashion choices before—in the previous blog. <LOL>
This time, I made good choices fashion-wise, I feel, as I loved rockin’ my new Death Wish Coffee Shades and DW bandanna, et cetera.
Thanks to Krisden & Bri, of ‘Pops of Melanin Photography’ for doing such a wonderful job on my hair & makeup!! You can find them on Instagram here.